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Victor Shemtov, who was Health Minister in the last Labor-led government, was elected Secretary General of Mapam Thursday. The vote was almost unanimous at the Mapam Central Committee meeting which also adopted a resolution condemning the arrest and exile of Soviet human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. Shemtov is the first non-kibbutz member elected to Mapam’s highest administrative and policy-making post. There was no other candidate. Although Chaika Grossman, a Mapam veteran, was proposed as a candidate, she rejected it on the spot.

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